Huge tensions are present at Piravom St Mary’s church in Ernakulam, Kerala district after the state police had entered the premises of the church to implement an order of the Supreme Court granting control to the Orthodox faction in their showdown with Jacobites, reported Hindustan Times.
Jacobites and Orthodox factions of the Syrian church in Ernakulam are continuously fighting to win control of 1000 odd churches and their valuable treasuries. In 2017, the Supreme court of India had upheld the 1934 constitution of Malankara church and granted the control over 1100 parishes and churches in Kerala to orthodox groups but Jacobites, who had the control over majority of the churches don’t want to give it up very easily.
This clash between these two factions deepened on Thursday as 100s of Jacobite supporters camped inside the Piravom Valiyapalli Church in Ernakulam and as a consequence of this the state police forces broke the church gate and moved away the Jacobite faction believers. Jacobite believers also threatened to kill themselves by jumoing into the river, if they are moved forcefully.
District Collector S Suhas came to the spot and explained that the police forces are just implementing the orders of the top court. The police finally entered the church and started arresting protesters. The order was not implemented because of inaction from Communist government and also because of an order of Kerala High Court that overrode Supreme Court’s order. Few days back, the Supreme Court had criticized Kerala High Court heavily for their order regarding this issue that was against the order of Supreme Court in this Church Dispute case.